Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

July 2008

Meet the Folks behind the Food
The Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Initiative at Year Three — Photo Exhibit

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will host the “Meet the Folks Behind the Food: The SFA Oral History Initiative at Year Three.” This photo exhibit, featuring portraits of fifty individuals chronicled by the Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Initiative, celebrates the unsung and uncelebrated men and women whose work has helped keep alive Southern Foodways.

The Southern Foodways Alliance is an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. It is a member-supported organization of more than 800 people, including chefs and academics, writers and eaters. The organization’s mission is to document and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the American South, and this traveling exhibit is just one component of their documentary endeavors.

The traveling portrait exhibit brings attention to the cooks, chefs, restaurateurs, and producers whose work has helped keep alive Southern Foodways. It aims to highlight the import of maintaining those traditions on which Southern cuisine, its regions, and its identities are built. The exhibit will be on display at the Southern Cultural Academy Building through June 23-July 31. For more information on the work of the Southern Foodways Alliance, visit

Stained Glass 4-Day Workshop

This workshop will teach the student how to build a small stained glass panel using the Tiffany style (cooper foil method). Students will learn a brief history of stained glass, pick out a pattern, learn to cut glass, put together a panel using copper foil, and solder their panel. The class will be (4) two-hour sessions, July 10, 17, 24, 31 from 6-8pm. Registration includes stained glass and basic supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required.

The Rev. Mark Bleakley has worked as a stained glass artist for studios in Houston and Pittsburg, designing, building and restoring church windows. He continues as a freelance artist in Vicksburg.

Registration is $160 for SCHF members and $170 for non-members. To make reservations or for more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

Ballroom Dance presented by James Frechette

The SCHF offers monthly ballroom dance classes. James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland, teaches classes in ballroom, Latin, swing and many other styles of dance. This month the dance will be the Cha Cha.

Class will meet Sundays, July 13 and 27 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the academy building.

Both individuals and couples are welcomed. The fee is $20 per person for each two hour session. For more information, please call the SCHF office. at 601-631-2997.

An Evening with Nevada Barr
New York Times bestselling author of the Anna Pigeon series

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation presents an “Evening with Nevada Barr.” The New York Times bestselling author will present a lecture on her books, life and art at the SCHF Auditorium on Tuesday, July 15th 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the program.

Nevada Barr first introduced her wildly popular Park Ranger Anna Pigeon fifteen years ago in Track of the Cat, a remarkable debut that earned Barr a host of honors, including an Agatha Award. Pigeon was an instant hit with mystery and thriller fans of every stripe and a beloved series was born. The breathtaking national park setting—in essence, another character—was a fresh, fascinating bonus, and fans continue to eagerly await each foray into a national park.

Evocative and haunting, Barr’s new book, WINTER STUDY, offers a glimpse of a world that few see, “the splendid isolation” of an unspoiled refuge in its magnificence as well as its brutality. Brimming with edge-of-your-seat suspense, Barr’s story makes a strong but subtle case for the much maligned wolf population as it spins an utterly original tale about evil, weakness, and human predators. But the ever-precise Barr gets the science right, too, with help from Rolf Peterson, the real-life scientist behind the island’s wolf/moose research study and who contributes an intelligent, moving perspective in his foreword. The result is a riveting story by a writer with a gift for entertaining us as she expertly illuminates the twin conflicts of man vs. nature and man vs. man.

Nevada Barr is the award-winning author of thirteen previous Anna Pigeon mysteries, including the New York Times bestselling Hard Truth and High Country. Her debut novel Track of the Cat (1993) received both the Anthony Award for Best First Novel from the Crime Writers Association as well as the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. A few years later, Firestorm (1996) was honored with France’s Prix du Roman D’Aventure as well as another Agatha Award nomination. Barr was also recognized by Books for a Better Life and Nautilus for her spiritual memoir, Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat.

The Nevada-born daughter of two professional pilots had started out as a successful stage actress in Manhattan, but, thanks to a former husband involved with the National Park Service, fell in love with the outdoors. With a newfound passion for conservation and wildlife, she launched a new career as a ranger landing stints in places like Texas’ Guadalupe Mountains National Park and most recently Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. Now retired from service, she’s a full time novelist. She lives in New Orleans.

Make plans now, seating is limited. For more information about this exciting event, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email

Southern Book Club

The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month.

There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. The group focuses on Southern authors and subjects, but is open to any good read. Book and author suggestions are welcomed.

For July, in honor of the Nevada Barr event, the Southern Book Club will discuss Winter Study by Nevada Barr at 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

Please call the SCHF office for meeting location or for more information.

Presented by Laura Tarbutton

Students will design and create a one-of-a-kind necklace using basic bead techniques. A variety of beads, gemstone chips and silver-tone tube beads will be used. Registration is $45/members and $50/non-members. All supplies are included.

Laura Tarbutton has been involved in arts and crafts all her life, but creating jewelry is her first love. Laura teaches Precious Metal Clay and beading classes through Millsaps College Community Enrichment Series and local craft stores. She also teaches at national bead shows and presents classes and workshops with Gem & Mineral Society chapters. Her studio is in Brandon, Mississippi.

For reservations or more information about this class, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

These events and programs are made possible by our valued SCHF individual members and the Corporate Sponsors

If you would like more info on becoming a CORPORATE MEMBER of SCHF, please call (601)631-2997 or email

For more information about activities, membership, or rentals, please call or stop by the SCHF office, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180, 601-631-2997.

1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: 601-631-2997
Fax: 601-631-3734

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